counterplot

counterplot

[n., v. koun-ter-plot; v. also koun-ter-plot]
noun
1.
a plot directed against another plot.
2.
Literature. a secondary theme in a play or other literary work, used as a contrast to or variation of the main theme. Compare subplot.
verb (used without object), counterplotted, counterplotting.
3.
to devise a counterplot.
verb (used with object), counterplotted, counterplotting.
4.
to plot against (a plot or plotter).

Origin:
1590–1600; counter- + plot

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counterplot (ˈkaʊntəˌplɒt)
 
n
1.  a plot designed to frustrate another plot
 
vb , -plots, -plotting, -plotted
2.  (tr) to oppose with a counterplot
3.  (intr) to devise or carry out a counterplot

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